Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.

Denton cagers upend two visiting schools in twin bill

The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.

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Pair’s practice pays

CORINTH — Denton’s Tyrus Johnson and Joseph Frisby make quite a formidable duo. The two have quickly combined their scoring efforts and up-tempo games for a powerful 1-2 punch for the Broncos. On Tuesday at Lake Dallas, the pair lit up the scoreboard again.

Football: Denton’s Polley voted to Under Armour All-America Game

Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley had quite an up-and-down season during his senior year. He missed several games with a painful knee injury, and the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at home in their opening-round playoff tilt against Justin Northwest.

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Denton boys, girls split matchups in home doubleheader

New season, same tenacious defense. The Denton Broncos have been known for their relentless defense in past seasons, but with several players graduating, the opportunity to find a new identity was a possibility.

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Northwest ends rally with late TD to knock out Denton

When the Denton Broncos stormed out to an impressive 23-0 lead in their bi-district playoff opener against Justin Northwest, it seemed as if all the pieces were finally falling into place and Denton might easily roll into the second round. But Northwest was relentless, scored 21 fourth-points, including a touchdown with 16 seconds left, and defeated Denton 31-29.

Similarities mark Denton-Northwest showdown

In many ways, the Denton Broncos are staring into a mirror when it comes to their Class 5A bi-district playoff matchup against Justin Northwest. Both teams sit at 9-1, with each loss coming at the hands of powerhouse programs. Denton lost to Ryan to open its district schedule, and Northwest fell to Aledo two weeks ago.

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Signing notebook: Day features commitments from area sports

The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.

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Broncos blast Bengals

With next week’s playoff game against Justin Northwest right around the corner, the Denton Broncos treated their final regular-season game against Braswell as a dress rehearsal. Denton rallied around the...

Football: Braswell visits Denton for finale

For the first time in three seasons, the Denton Broncos know before their 10th game whom they will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos will host Justin Northwest next Friday at 7 p.m., but first they have to finish the regular season. Denton and Braswell square off at 7 tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to close out District 5-5A play.

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Boswell blasts Denton

TROPHY CLUB — Denton’s hopes for another long playoff run weren’t just dashed Tuesday. They were buried. Saginaw Boswell, No. 12 in the final Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll, got a combined 27 kills from the trio of Kailyn Gilbreath, Hannah Boyd and Mattie Gregory while churning out a near-perfect defensive performance in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 win over the Lady Broncos in a Region I bi-district playoff match at Trophy Club Nelson.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.

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Denton High volunteer unsure of what future holds

At his core, Lyndon LaPlante is simply a happy guy who loves the game of football, but for the city of Denton and the Denton High School football team, he is a source of inspiration and a part of their family.

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New mindset pays off for Denton’s Goff

Denton senior Alex Goff had a different mindset last cross country season. He thought if he ran harder and trained longer, he would be able to perform better at meets, but after breaking his foot due to overexertion right before last season’s district meet, Goff was determined to train smarter, not harder, this season.

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Denton pulls away from Rider to claim playoff spot

Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.

Battle for position awaits Denton

Last week, the Denton Broncos found themselves their most heart-pounding game of the season and escaped with a 21-20 win against Denison to move to 3-1 in District 5-5A.

Ryan keeps Denton off balance in sweep

District 5-5A unbeaten Ryan dug itself early holes against third-place Denton on Tuesday, but coach Nicholas Gay and the Lady Raiders made a point to get their middle blockers more included.

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Denton nips Denison

Scoring only one touchdown in the first half and facing a six-point deficit, Denton coach Kevin Atkinson challenged his offense to step up to the plate in Friday’s second half against Denison.

Denton hosts Denison with eye on second

The Denton Broncos pushed their District 5-5A record to 2-1 with last Friday’s 36-14 win at Wichita Falls, but they came home seeing plenty of room for improvement, particularly on the offensive line.

Bronco defense dominates Coyotes

WICHITA FALLS — Forcing five turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns, Denton’s defense had perhaps its most productive game of the season. The Broncos sputtered with inconsistency on offense, but the timely turnovers were enough as they took down winless Wichita Falls 36-14 on Friday at Memorial Stadium for their second consecutive District 5-5A win.

Broncos seeking complete-game effort

Despite Denton rebounding with a solid 38-24 win over Sherman last Friday, the goal of piecing together a complete game has eluded the Broncos through their six games this season.

Broncos strong late in beating Sherman

Looking for their first District 5-5A win of the season at home against Sherman, the Denton Broncos held a meager seven-point lead at halftime, but they hadn’t yet cobbled a complete game together. The third quarter was much more prosperous for the Broncos as the first three possessions of the second half went exactly to plan. Denton sandwiched two touchdowns around a defensive stand and suddenly had a three-score lead, which helped the Broncos roll to a 38-24 victory on Friday to even their district record at 1-1.

Denton arrives at its game of year

The Denton Broncos have put last week’s district-opening loss to crosstown rival Ryan behind them. As they prepare for today’s 7 p.m. home game against Sherman, they’ll be doing so for what Denton coach Kevin Atkinson called the game of the year prior to the season.

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Raiders blast Broncos

It was billed as a showdown. The result was a beatdown. That’s the best way to describe Friday’s one-sided District 5-5A opener between Ryan and Denton. It’s been a crosstown rivalry that, even though it hadn’t been played since 2011, has been dominated by the Raiders. In the latest installment, Ryan showed just how big of a gap there is between two of the top six teams in the state.

Ryan tests Denton defense

Through the first four games of the Denton Broncos’ season, their defense has had just as much a hand in their victories as their offense. In three halves this season, their defense has held the opposing team to seven points or less while racking up 10 takeaways. In their District 5-5A opener, though, the Broncos’ defense had its hands full.

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Denton back Osuofa looks to replace all-state talent

Losing all-state running back Xavier Scott to graduation left a huge hole in the Broncos’ offense entering this season, but thankfully Denton has senior running back Caleb Osuofa to fill the gap.

Ryan, Denton set to renew rivalry

There was a time when Ryan and Denton were the only high schools in town. They would square off every season on the field and everyone in the community came to watch. To this day, there are fans who refer to it as the Denton school district’s original rivalry.

Rivalries about to reignite in 5-5A

When the new District 5-5A was announced at realignment day in February, most eyes in the room likely took note that three Denton schools made up nearly half of the seven teams.

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Broncos sack Timber Creek

KELLER — Down at halftime for the first time this season, the Denton Broncos’ offense had amassed just 187 yards, but the second half was a different story. Denton scored the final two touchdowns of the game and its defense came through in the clutch, allowing the Broncos to put together a crucial eight-play drive for breathing room to hold off Timber Creek for a 37-28 victory and stay undefeated at 4-0.

Football: Denton expects to get tested through air tonight

The Denton Broncos have seen run-focused teams the past two weeks in Sanger and The Colony and used a combination of defense and timely scoring to emerge with victories, but in today’s game at undefeated Keller Timber Creek, the Bronco defense is preparing for a change of scenery.

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Broncos buck Bengals

LITTLE ELM — Despite its best efforts, Braswell struggled early against crosstown foe Denton on Tuesday night. The host Lady Bengals were constantly playing catch-up to Denton’s left-handed outside hitter Lindsay DeVore, who notched a match-high 10 kills.

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Broncos hold off The Colony

Holding a healthy 12-point lead at halftime, the Denton Broncos found themselves in a situation similar to last week’s second half against Sanger. The Broncos’ offense grinded to a screeching halt and The Colony capitalized, scoring late in the third quarter to draw within two points. But again, Denton used a familiar mixture of stout defense, timely running by Caleb Osuofa and a crucial fourth-quarter drive, allowing the Broncos to sneak away with a 35-29 victory in their first home game of the year to stay perfect at 3-0.

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Denton out to back up top-10 ranking

The Denton Broncos finally are getting some recognition across the state. After landing just outside the top 10 of The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll after their opening win over Lake Dallas, the Broncos moved up to No. 8 following last week’s 31-21 road win over Sanger.

Denton rallies from 0-2 hole to top Fossil Ridge

On Monday against Keller Fossil Ridge, Denton coach Gerry Standridge turned to assistant coach Leslye Hill on the bench and told her he believed if his team could just get one victorious set under its belt, they would take that confidence and run with it.

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Denton stifles Sanger late

SANGER — After rushing for just 30 yards in the first half, Denton running back Caleb Osuofa was found hanging his head in the locker room at halftime. Osuofa ripped off a 27-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Denton valuable breathing room and allow its defense to close out the second-half shutout as the Broncos defeated Sanger 31-21 on Friday at Indian Stadium.

Denton visits Sanger

In today’s nondistrict matchup between the Class 5A Denton Broncos and Class 4A Sanger Indians, neither team is going to underestimate its opponent, especially with just one game under their belts.

Hot off tourney, Lady Eagles sweep Denton

ARGYLE — Coming off a first-place finish in last weekend’s Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament, the defending Class 4A champion Argyle Lady Eagles wanted to continue their hot streak against Denton on Tuesday.

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Denton Broncos pound it on the ground, top Lake Dallas

CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.

Bronco defense, Falcon O-line start year in spotlight

Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.

Marcus rolls through Denton

Right from the get-go, the Flower Mound Marcus Lady Marauders asserted their will against the Denton Lady Broncos.

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Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

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Denton starts strong

If the first set of the season could have any long-term benefits, pulling off a tense, pressure-filled comeback victory is a nice way to start.

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Old habits die hard for Denton

As much as Monday represented the official start to a new season for the Denton High School Broncos, it also was coach Kevin Atkinson’s first opportunity to motivate his entire team in a several months.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Volleyball workouts to begin

As the dawn of a new season approaches Monday for a host of Denton-area volleyball teams, some programs are in rebuilding mode while others are still enjoying the last taste of a championship, but starting a season brings challenges for everyone.

Track and field: Denton’s McAfee off to Junior Olympics with eyes on 2020

Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

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Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

Denton’s Polley changes commitment, now headed to Colorado instead of KU

Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.

Denton hires former Tyler Lee coach

Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.